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Norfolk connections of new Battle of Britain hero added to list of Churchill's 'Few'

PUBLISHED: 10:13 01 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:53 01 April 2019

Airmen take a breather during the Battle of Britain. Picture: supplied by Battle of Britain Trust

Airmen take a breather during the Battle of Britain. Picture: supplied by Battle of Britain Trust

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The Norfolk links of a new pilot added to the list of those who took part in the Battle of Britain in 1940 have been revealed.

Fewer than 3,000 airmen, known as Churchill’s ‘Few’, took part in the crucial battle between July 10 and October 31, 1940 in the Second World War.

Now historians have agreed that 563089 Sergeant Donald Brown, who flew Blenheims with No 604 Squadron during the battle, should be added to the list of names.

Sgt Brown, who later became a Flight Lieutenant, was born on October 25, 1912, at Glascoed, Monmouthshire, and died at Horning, on December 31, 1993 at the age of 81.

His final job before retirement was as a clerk working for a sail-makers and upholsterers business. In 1954, in the London area, he married Kathleen D Newland, with whom he went on to have two daughters.

The Battle of Britain Trust will include Flt Lt Brown in the updated Men of the Battle of Britain entries on its website.

And he will be included if a fourth edition of the book Men of the Battle of Britain is printed.

If possible, the name will also be added to the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall at Capel-le-Ferne.

Squadron operations record books were not always kept up to date, so the final number of aircrew who took part in the battle may never be known. The current best estimate is around 2,940.

To receive the Battle of Britain Clasp, airmen must have flown at least one sortie with one of 71 squadrons and other recognised units in the battle.

Trust chairman Richard Hunting said: “It is a privilege to be able to add another name to the list of those remarkable men who kept this country safe from invasion in 1940.

“It is not clear why he has been disregarded until now, but the trust is delighted to be able to put the record straight.

“We would be very interested to hear from any relatives of Flt Lt Brown who may be able to add more detail to the story. Get in touch with the trust by emailing trustsecretary@battleofbritainmemorial.org.”

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